Dame Ellen MacArthur

Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

 

Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, member of the BT Corporate and Social Responsibility Board, member of the Club of Rome, a global think tank that deals with a variety of international political issues.

Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005, when she became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe, and remains the UK’s most successful offshore racer ever, having won the Ostar, the Route du Rhum and finished second in the Vendée Globe at just 24 years of age. Having become acutely aware of the finite nature of the resources our linear economy relies upon, she stepped away from professional sailing to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2010, which works with education and business to accelerate the transition to a regenerative circular economy. Ellen MacArthur sits on the European Commission’s Resource Efficiency Platform, and her Foundation has published two seminal macro-economic reports featuring analysis by McKinsey, which have received accolades at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Dame Ellen regularly interacts with various European governments and institutions such as the OECD, and received the French Legion of Honour from President Nicolas Sarkozy, three years after having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth.